WASHINGTON — President Trump said Thursday he “aced” a recent cognitive test given to him by his doctors and challenged opponent Joe Biden to undergo similar testing as the two septuagenarians duel over who has better mental stamina for the Oval Office.
In a phone interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday evening, Trump described undergoing “a very standard test” at the Walter Reed medical center and said his doctors were “very surprised” by how well he performed.
“He hasn’t taken any cognitive test because he wouldn’t pass one,” the president told Hannity after the Fox News host asked if he believed Biden had the “mental alertness” to be president.
“I actually took one when I was, very recently, when I was, when I was, you know — the radical left was saying, ‘Is he all there? Is he all there?’”
“I proved I was all there because I aced it. I aced the test and he should take the same exact test. A very standard test, I took it at Walter Reed, a medical center in front of doctors, and they were very surprised,” he continued.
“They said, ‘That’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anybody do what you just did.’ But he should take that same test.”
Details of the Walter Reed examination are unknown, but it is possible they were part of the president’s annual physical examination that is performed at the hospital each year.
The results of his most recent physical were released last month and showed 74-year-old Trump to be in good health for his age.
Trump scored 30 out of 30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment administered by White House physician Ronny Jackson in January 2018.
Trump said he looked forward to debating Biden but accused his Democratic opponent of trying to get out of the one-to-one sessions.
“It looks like he wants to try to get out of the debates,” he told Hannity.
At an event in Delaware last month, a reporter asked Biden, 77, if he had been tested for cognitive decline given his advanced age, to which he said he was “constantly tested.”
“All you gotta do is watch me and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against,” he said.